GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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GTC Scotland welcomes changes to UK Internal Market Bill

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) has today welcomed changes to the UK Internal Market Bill that will see the teaching profession and teaching services excluded from its provisions.

Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar of GTC Scotland said, “We would like to thank everyone who has helped get us to this position. From the parent groups who came together to lobby on our behalf to the politicians of all hues who listened to our concerns, in particular Michael Russell MSP, Ross Greer MSP, Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle and Carol Monaghan MP all of whom have driven GTC Scotland’s message in political spheres.

“Finally, we would like to thank teachers and parents who helped galvanise support by writing to their local representatives. Education in Scotland is carried out in partnership and this was indeed a magnificent team effort.”

David Innes, GTC Scotland’s Council Convener said, “I welcome the progress we have made on the Internal Market Bill. This has always been about safeguarding the system that maintains high teaching standards in Scotland and protecting the quality of teaching that our children receive and deserve.”

“There are still a few stages to go through before we can be fully satisfied that the teaching profession and teaching services will be exempted from the Bill but the signs are much more positive that this will be the case.”